Before you go ahead with making changes in your routine, you must know what skin type you have.
There are four basic types: normal, dry, oily, and combination, and each has a different requirement.Normal skin: You are a lucky lot. This skin type has good elasticity and a balanced level of moisture, thus needing minimal amount of care. At night, simply wash your face with a gentle cleanser to maintain a healthy glow. Also, apply sunscreen when you’re going outdoors.
Dry skin: Dry skin is easily agitated by the sun and wind, and can feel itchy, flaky and rough to touch on most days. In addition to washing your face morning and night, apply a thick daily moisturiser with sunscreen, and reapply frequently if you spend a lot of time outdoor. People with dry skin also tend to develop wrinkles earlier than their counterparts, so apply moisturiser and oils, such as primrose, frequently to avoid this.
Oily skin: Oily skin is the most acne-prone skin type and ends up looking greasy or shiny. This skin type is also characterised by enlarged pores and results in blackheads on a frequent basis. If you have oily skin, avoid touching your face and keep your carbohydrate and fat consumption at a minimum. Avoid oils like coconut oil, mineral oil and petroleum jelly.
Combination skin: Combination skin is the most common skin type. It is characterised by patches of oily skin on the nose and forehead, but normal skin on the cheeks and jawline. If you have combination skin, use a gentle creamy cleanser morning and night, paying particular attention to the areas where oil builds up.
In addition to the four basic skin types, you may have to deal with other skin factors. Take a look at these four other skin factors that need to be noted for a customised skincare routine.